Help Shoreline protect its streams, lakes, and creeks

Friday, January 21, 2022

Boeing Creek photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shoreline residents are invited to share ideas and opinions on how the City can better protect and restore our streams, lakes, and creeks. 

This link includes an interactive map of Shoreline's waterways and information on pressures they face. Check it out, then participate in a survey to share your ideas and priorities.

Echo Lake photo by Gidget Terpstra

The city wants citizen feedback to help them prioritize and plan future Surface Water Utility projects and programs. 

"We want to know what matters most to you! Successful planning for the future needs your input and ideas.

"How can we better protect and restore our natural surface waters?"

 
Ballinger Creek photo by Londa Jacques

The weblink contains interactive maps on Shoreline's drainage basins, water quality conditions, and areas of development. After reading through the maps, we'll ask for your feedback on:
  • Programs and projects the City should prioritize to restore and protect our waterways
  • Which drainage basins are most important to you and why
  • Suggestions for new programs and projects

Footbridge over Whisper Creek. Photo by Dan Short

Planners will use this information to help prioritize and plan on which drainage basins and streams to focus our programs and infrastructure improvements.



2 comments:

Alan Marx,  February 2, 2022 at 7:22 PM  

The city should take steps to reduce the increase of impervious surfaces. One way to do this is to stop building sidewalks. I am both a pedestrian and a cyclist, so I know from experience that: (1) cyclists and pedestrians can both use a road shoulder, and (2) sidewalks are not accommodating for cyclists. Therefore there are two options when a sidewalk is added to an existing road that has a shoulder: (1) force cyclists to ride in the traffic lane, or (2) keep the shoulder while adding a sidewalk. The first option decreases safety for cyclists, and the second option increases the amount of impervious surface. Neither of these options are preferred by this pedestrian/cyclist/environmentalists.

Alan Marx,  February 2, 2022 at 7:47 PM  

Water quality can be improved by getting rid of the garbage that is in the watershed. As I walk through my neighborhood, I am disappointed at the quantity of garbage I see. I see it in ditches alongside quiet neighborhood roads as well as along side the Interurban Trail and Aurora Avenue. I recommend that the following actions be taken to get rid of garbage in our watersheds to improve water quality: (1) The City should do more to publicize the Adopt a Street program, (2) Provide more trash receptacles in high-traffic public places, and
(3) The City should sponsor volunteer litter patrols, targeting groups such as students who need volunteer hours to meet a graduation requirement and neighborhood associations (I have volunteered in a neighborhood association sponsored native-plant planting activity, well how about a neighborhood beautification activity).

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